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Jayson Werth returns from knee issue
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Reds, after sitting out the team's previous game with a knee injury.

Werth got two days off with the offday Thursday, which allowed him to get past the soreness that was bothering him earlier in the week. He is hitting .377/.472/.852 in 16 July games.  

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Deck McGuire snagged from Toronto by Athletics
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Athletics have acquired minor league pitcher Deck McGuire from the Blue Jays for cash considerations and sent him to Triple-A Sacramento.

The 25-year-old McGuire has struggled at Buffalo this season to the tune of a 3-5 record and 5.56 ERA with 57 hits and 23 walks allowed in 55 innings. 

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Edwin Jackson hand much better Friday than his ERA
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson has no lingering effects from a hand injury that forced him out of his Thursday outing against San Diego, according to MLB.com, which is reporting that he's fine.

Jackson has struggled recently with 38 earned runs allowed in his last 47 innings covering nine starts. He is 1-6 during that stretch and owns a disturbing 5.68 ERA on the season.

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Jeff Manship sailing off to Lehigh Valley
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Right-handed reliever Jeff Manship has accepted an assignment by the Phillies to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was designated Wednesday.

Manship has never compiled an ERA lower than 5.28 in six big-league seasons and owns a 6.65 ERA this year.

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Zack Cozart ready to roll against Nationals
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is back in the lineup for the Friday night game against Washington after being sidelined since Tuesday with a finger ailment.

Cozart will hope to heat up upon his return. He has four hits in his last 32 at-bats and hasn't homered since June 1.

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Report: Kurt Suzuki being eyed by Cardinals, Orioles
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki, who is arguably enjoying his strongest season since 2009, is getting eyed by the Cardinals and Orioles, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Cardinals starting catcher Yadier Molina and Baltimore counterpart Matt Wieters are out for the season. Suzuki has proven to be one of the premier clutch hitters among major league catchers this season. He boasts a strong stat line of .308/.367/.393 while playing quite well behind the plate.

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Jesse Hahn called up for Friday start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Padres recalled pitcher Jesse Hahn from Triple-A El Paso Friday, ahead of his scheduled start against the Braves.

Hahn was sent down prior to the All-Star break in order to stay on schedule. He made one start at Double-A San Antonio, tossing two scoreless innings. 

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Jace Peterson sent back to Triple-A
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Padres optioned infielder Jace Peterson to Triple-A El Paso Friday, in order to clear a spot on the roster.

Peterson got the call just before the All-Star break but appeared in just two games for the Padres. He walked in his lone plate appearance before being sent down.

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Issues with thumb, curve weaken Josh Hamilton
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A still-ailing thumb and inability to consistently hit breaking balls have resulted in a power outage for Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, ESPN has reported.

Hamilton has just three home runs in 45 games since returning from the thumb injury that landed him on the disabled list. He is also batting .200 on the season against curveballs - 47 points below the league average. Hamilton has whiffed on 49 percent of his swings against curveballs and 22 of his 42 plate appearances that ended on a curve resulted in a strikeout.

He owned a .741 slugging percentage before his injury and .382 since.

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Report: Gregorio Petit set for return to the bigs
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Astros have promoted second baseman Gregorio Petit from Triple-A Oklahoma City, sources have told MLBDailyDish.com. That necessitates a roster move that has yet to be announced.

The 29-year-old Petit has 54 major league at-bats and has posted a .278 average, but has not played at that level since 2010 with Oakland.

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